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Burnt Mountain Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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"Siddons mixes in a touch of the supernatural to bring the novel to an exciting climax, but what's most appealing here is the layered family drama and the lush world Thayer inhabits...A master storyteller with a remarkable track record, bestselling Siddons returns to her signature Southern setting in her newest blend of emotional realism and a sliver of magic."―Booklist on BURNT MOUTNAIN
"One doesn't read Anne Rivers Siddons's books, one dwells in them."―Chicago Tribune
Bravura writing...This is Siddons's best, maybe the book she was born to write."―Stephen King (on Off Season)
"Anne Rivers Siddons's body of work is one of the most impressive in contemporary fiction. And, in her beautifully crafted and dazzling new novel OFF SEASON, Ms. Siddons delivers the goods more powerfully than ever. All her books are terrific, but this one is the best yet."―Pat Conroy
"The lyrical beauty of Siddons's writing shines...an elegant portrait of love, loss, longing; memories and mystery line the path to self-discovery in OFF SEASON....Siddons's fans will savor the story long after the last page has turned."―Charlotte Observer
"Siddons is at her usual incisive best at skewering the mores of socially pretentious Southerners, and her prose is limpid and mesmerizing."―Kirkus on BURNT MOUNTAIN
About the Author
BURNT MOUNTAIN is Anne Rivers Siddons's 18th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit www.anneriverssiddons.net.
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Some of the descriptions of settings were so magical that I read them over and over and then turned back to read them again. And, after living with her characters awhile, I could see their images as I read along. The story moved right along and kept the pages turning.
I was sure this was a five star winner until I got to the last few chapters. I felt that it wrapped up too quickly - we weren't given much time to adjust to the life-changing events that were all of a sudden thrust upon us - and I was left with too many questions. I don't feel deprived, however, because I just enjoyed being in the south again for a while. This book is worth your time - on the beach, up late on a warm summer night, or rocking on your favorite relative's front porch!
her marriage to Aegnus (sp incorrect). Also the down-hill ride with Bummer from Camp Forever. It just seems to me this book is more down-hill than any of Ms. Siddon's other famous novels. I started losing faith in this novel when Thayer develops a invisible 'bubble' around her head, in order to deal with 'life' and it's disappointments. Made me wonder what happened to her Mother, and why they never had a little of 'conflict resolution'. Whole sections were left out in the end, making me wonder if suddenly the author decided on a 'sequel', and just wanted to jump out of this publication....left me dangling.
I have read all of Anne's books and will continue to keep her on my list, but I hope she can find the magic once again of her earlier writing.